With our southern border being breached daily, a frustrated Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh blasted the Minister for Immigration Compliance and Justice Chris Philp MP, saying, “this border forces are little more than a taxi service for illegal migrants. It’s ridiculous.”
Sir Edward Leigh said: “Does the minister recognize the public anger at us be made fools off of this border forces that are little more than a taxi service for illegal migrants. It’s ridiculous.”
“So will the minister assure me that he would use his powers under the 1971 immigration act to arrest all illegal immigrants, put them in detention, prosecute them, imprison them and deport them so that we can stop this horrible trade dead in its tracks.”
Minister for Immigration Compliance and Justice Chris Philp MP stood up and said: “Well, I completely share the honourable gentleman’s anger at the situation and the home secretary, and the prime minister does as well.”
“As I say, we are actively prosecuting the facilitators, and in the forthcoming sovereign borders bill, as part of the new plan for immigration, we plan to significantly strengthen the section 24 illegal entry offence that he refers to in the 1971 act to make it easier to use, and easier to implement in practice.
“And at the same time, we’re going to be increasing the sentence for illegal entry and the sentence for facilitation under section 25 of that same act, and I look forward to working with him on getting that bill passed as quickly as possible, and then implemented.